Do you get your batteries charged by being at a party, or by being on your own? When you go home alone do you reach for the phone or sigh and settle into a good book or movie? These are some of the differences between extroverts and introverts.
There is no right or wrong about one or the other but it can help manage expectations within your relationships if you know something about the other person’s leanings. I found the above charts to be not only helpful, but fun. They helped me think about how I approach people who are introverts versus extroverts.
I know I am an extrovert because I have had 14 people staying in my house for the past four days during a family event, and I am still standing! I was actually energized by it all! But now that it’s over, I am going to take a break next week. My next post will be September 8th.
How do you recharge your batteries?
I guess I don’t like “labels”. . . and, looking around me, I believe most of us – at least those who have some depth – are sometimes a combination of both introvert and extrovert. I am most happy to be physically moving – – perhaps loving it more to be meeting new and interesting people. On the other hand, for many of us, our minds are continually moving as well. We look and observe and join in in the larger world. . but we need that alone time to process what we have heard, what we have seen. In those times, we look within. , making each of us a deeper person. How could I not be fascinated by life . . . and then, sometimes, write about it.
Recharging? Going to the most faraway places where my eyes can be opened to a world not known before, seeing the beauty of that world. And coming back renewed and refreshed. It has worked every time! Joan
Sounds great Joan. I think that none of us is stuck in one category or other. We fluctuate from a particular point on the spectrum to one side or the other depending upon our life’s circumstances at the moment, our mood, our maturity, etc. So many factors influence who we are in the moment. That’s what kindles the mystery! Thanks for commenting. Eileen
I believe my family and friends would say I am definitely an extrovert which I would agree with, but like Joan I am a combo, depending on circumstances for that day, etc. When I return to my hometown and I am with family my soul is recharged, I have gotten to the core of my being. Traveling, exploring always gets my battery jump started.
Traveling is definitely stimulating for many of us, myself included. But for me, “Travel East, travel West, After all, home is best!”
I found this so enlightening that I pinned it and printed it so I would have a better chance of learning from it! As you well know, Eileen, I’m an extrovert most of the time. But as it turns out, Jim is mostly an introvert and I’ve learned many of the nurturing points for introverts the hard way!
So glad this was helpful Nan. What fun to be connected this way. I have always thought you were the same type as me! love to you.
I always need 15 minutes warning to finish up whatever I’m in the middle of!
A sure sign of an introvert! Good for those close to you to know!!!
My Myers-Briggs test shows that I’m an INFP—-Introvert–Intuitive–Feeling–Perceptive kind of individual. And, I’d agree. For, I feel most natural, most comfortable, most like my “true” self, when I’m quiet, reading, writing, taking photos, with animals, in Nature. Surrounded by flowers, brooks, streams, mountains, pastures, baa-baa’s, whinnies, bark-bark’s and mew-mews. In other words, when I feel truly accepted, understood and loved. My furry friends never let me down. Interesting blog. I thought you were an introvert, Eileen, but I guess, as most folks commented, it depends on the situation and other factors. Thanks for sharing this topic! 🙂
I have many INFP friends! I am an ENFJ! Nice to have it confirmed anew that we are compatible!